Mitchell to transfer to Clemson

We reported last week that Vanderbilt freshmen guard Shelton Mitchell had decided to transfer out of the Vanderbilt basketball program due to personal reasons. Mitchell, a former four-star recruit, had been expected to take control of the Vandy backcourt as the season progressed, but instead found himself playing less meaningful minutes due to the emergence of Wade Baldwin and Riley LaChance.

It was announced on Sunday that Mitchell will be transferring to Clemson where he can hopefully make his mark as a college basketball player. The transfer makes sense as Mitchell is from ACC country (North Carolina) and he was originally recruited hard by Clemson before deciding to attend college in Nashville. As he is transferring to another D1 school Mitchell will have to sit out the entire 2015-16 season before becoming eligible per NCAA transfer rules for the 2016-17 campaign.

"We're excited Shelton has decided to join our program," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "Our staff has known him a long time; we recruited him throughout his high school career."

Mitchell showed what he could do as a prep player before failing to live up to the hype as a first year ‘Dore. At Cuthbertson high school he averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior. His senior season though was cut short by injury and it is worth wondering if some of those niggles affected Mitchell physically and mentally during the grind of a long college basketball season.

“I just felt comfortable,” Mitchell said to ESPN. “They recruited me when I was younger and I always loved the coaching staff. I feel at home and trust the staff. I felt like I had a good relationship with all of them and built a good relationship with the team as well. Towards the end of my visit was when I realized that this is where I really want to be. Being close to home, my parents will be able to come to all of the games again. Being able to play in the ACC is a dream come true.”

It will be very interesting to see how Mitchell progresses now he seems to be back in his comfort zone. If he can spend this transfer year working on some of the fundamentals of his game then there is no reason to think he cannot make the grade as a power conference point guard. He showed his freakish talent in spurts for Vanderbilt, getting a consistent level of performance will be key for Mitchell going forward with the Tigers.

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